Tracing out a strategy in a mental map draws upon the intentions of a mental model. We behold a “design” such as the Italians in the Renaissance termed disegno, the fundamental practice of drawing at the basis of any the arts, embodying a plan both in mind and in its execution. Design, or disegno, is both a concept as well as an act. It was also for divinely inspired geniuses like Michelangelo an awesome spark of the imagination.
I’m certain art critics are no different than any professional feeling fired up with a winning scheme. It’s about uniqueness and knowing you’ve got a flawless concept which will withstand all potential failures. An ideated action with results will actually move things around. The art critic Clement Greenberg had so much power over the art world that he defined a viewing experience for spectators. Even more astounding is he had control of artists who followed his formula for correctness and painted to suit his taste. Any such professional strategy positions oneself and those they represent into a place of control.
Art specialists, no differently than any other professionals, seek to objectify something specific in a “landscape” context, i.e. the intesional. This objective may be that one feature we seek to lodge within a situation or environment. It is at once fomented by that place and but also distinguishes itself against a dominant narrative. Ultimately the job of a risk management expert is to locate the possibilities of one such outstanding factor. The same applies for the business trend Daniel Burris describes in his book The Anticipatory Organization – a business plan motivated to augment reality and which stands as a force of disruption.
The anticipatory leader projects their idea onto a field of experience, which makes up the intentional ground. This field is an infinite plane of repetitions with a disturbance in a pattern. When our minds engage with this encounter, its locus becomes an explosive place. This is the intensional site. We find it by mapping the intentional, and by virtue of the differentials we perceive, the intensional object stands out.
The intentional framework represents a pattern. In actuality, it is a predisposition with cognitive biases. In the perceptual field we are inclined to seeing the illusion of an overall dominant meaning. The pattern inclines us to see connections. We infer causal relationships from coincidences, which fit the pattern, and actually believe earlier events cause later ones. To this effect, that place of anticipatory change should be the main focus and where we overcome our cognitive biases. All of our expectations must be thrown up into question.
Disruption is an encounter. It is a cognitive event. It requires overcoming a natural inattentiveness and blindness to exceptions. The repetitions of this pattern inhibit our perceptual faculties. When we do see that which augments our perceptions, the encounter compares to a rupture. It can even be precipitous emerging from circumstance and the random filtering of the subconscious. In the context of business or law that repressed term may be a missing factor – some piece of information or a value of some kind. It is the intensional piece which actually augments the pattern. We repress it because of our blindnesses.
The invariables we confront in solution tasking are like an opportunity to experience difference. We actually experience this on the basic level of human interaction. The term “le regard” has been ascribed in twentieth-century literary criticism and psychoanalysis to mean different things having to do with perception, observation and interpretations. To an English speaker this term seems to indicate a type of looking and a particular awareness or consideration of another. It even seems to regard an acknowledgement of the uniqueness and value of a person. It indicates respect. It is about something other than which is lodged in our own conscious framework.
On this very same level of experience, we think by means of inductive logic, from the specificity of the observed to a level of generality. There is a way by virtue of tacit understanding or any other experience that reflects back onto the body that we can see through that blind spot the mechanisms of perception are inclined to inhibit our awareness of things. By the fullness of its expression, the engineer’s task, scientist’s subject, physician’s patient, etc., proffers meaning and potential. We are left with possibilities rather than the uniformity of equivalence.